I have stated in my profile that I rarely get disappointed when I travel. This has 2 reasons: I do my research and I set my espectations according to it. This time I had no influence on the planning, and I wished I never went.
This is not a vacation place, it is a tourist money-sucking machine! We went there as a family on a "special offer". The trip was one week with a mandatory trip to "cultural sights". We had paid for breakfast, and wanted to (as we always do) have the rest of our meals outside of the hotel by our selves. This was not possible (or at least very difficult). The hotel was in the middle of nowhere, and the view was rubbish. When we arrived the guide told that we could go by us selves, but it would really be better if we paid for the package. In reality we had no choice. I really did feel like a branded cow when they stuck a bracelet on me!
The mandatory trip was arranges so that they could double book the hotel, with people stying "on shifts". The trip was ok, but very superficial and kliché. They also made sure to take us to overpriced outlets (gold, carpets and leather products) to really try to suck out the rest of our money.
The only thing I really liked was the turkish bath (also for locals) at a hotel on the trip.
At the Vera Club Hotel Paradiso the food was good, but the drinks were awful. What was supposed to be juice was some kind of synthetic sirup. This was also what they used for the drinks in the bar. The only thing I could to was to order vodka and coke (about the only thing they knew how to make, only I am not sure it was really vodka), and hope the vacation soon to be over. By the way, drinks were not includes in the pre-paid package.
To top it all of we was taken to "a traditional turkish evening" the last night. I can not begin to describe the horror. The kitchyness, the "free drinks" (home made wine) the thousand people stuck in a room (I don't know how they would have hadled a fire), the annoying "original turkish man" with a stupid hat and cape that forced us to get our pictures taken with him, and the overpriced plates with our printed pictures for sale during intermission...
I have been to Turkey before. This place killed my will to ever go back.
- Also Known As:
- Vera Hotel Paradiso
- Vera Hotel Bogazkent
- Vera Club Hotel Paradiso Turkey/Bogazkent